In the title track “Maya Maya” OUMAR KONATÉ shouts out to his sister warning her about gunfire and violence in the streets. This 2nd album by KONATÉ comes from a country in turmoil. Shifting between acoustic [Wango Maben] and hard rock [Hinchi Hinchi] KONATÉ and his power trio are 21st century West African millennials slammed by geopolitics, shocked by an uncertain future and stymied by fundamentalism, corruption and failed economies.
A guitar genius and winner of a 2016 Tamani d’Or (Mali’s Grammy award), KONATÉ is known to friends as “Maestro”. Drummer, Makan Camara, is perhaps the best young percussionist in West Africa today. Bassist, Cheick Siriman Sissoko, is also a well known performer with his own band. These three are a power trio on the level of Cream or Band of Gypsies. Their songs tell a story of hope for peace and normalcy despite seemingly insurmountable challenges.
Genre: rock, afro-rock, desert blues, blues, World
Tags: #OumarKonate, #worldmusic, #afrorock, #desertblues, #guitar, #Mali, #Songhoy, #Africa
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